Hendrick Motorsports announced in a press release Tuesday morning that the 42-year-old driver plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2017 NASCAR season.
Earnhardt Jr. followed his late father, Dale Earnhardt, into the racing business and began his own professional career at the age of 24 back in 1999.
Over the course of his career, Earnhardt won 26 of his 603 starts and was named Most Popular Driver 14 times. He won the Daytona 500 twice and won two championships in back-to-back years in 1998 and ’99. MORE